Friday Music

Another Friday, more music.

We’ll start off with a track specifically for Laura (since I know she likes it) and in honor of yesterday’s Bastille Day. Nothin’ says “French” like Edith Piaf – “La Vie En Rose.” Makes me want to fire up some Gauloises and puff away while bemoaning the current state of cinema.

I just discovered this track yesterday, and I’m absolutely going to track down the album. It’s the first release from Roísín Murphy’s (pet peeve from somebody with a lot gaelic-named relatives: that’s pronounced “Rosheen”, not “roysin”) debut album, Ruby Blue, and it’s got this whole Rat-pack era Nightclub Diva vibe to it….but take the backing orchestra, glitch it up with some electronics, cut-and-paste, and big beats. I’m fascinated, and definitely want to hear more. Roísín Murphy – “Sinking Feeling.”

I got quite a kick out of this when I first heard it, so I had to share. It’s a cover of the Sex Pistols’ “Pretty Vacant”, but done as late 50s/early 60s Doo-wop: The Delltones – “Pretty Vacant.”

This is a track that got some alterno-radio play around 96-97, but I never heard anything more from the guy, nor have I ever been able to find the CD. I’ve had to settle for this single ill-gotten mp3: Eric Matthews – “Fanfare.” What hooked me was, well….the fanfare. I love songs with brass sections, and that’s pretty damned rare nowadays.

…and, just ’cause I feel like it: Adam & The Ants – “Stand & Deliver.” You can never have too many songs about highwaymen, pirates or general swashbuckling. “What’s the point of robbery, when nothing is worth taking?” Amen.

I have to admit that I got a huge chuckle out of the fact that anarchist band Chumbawamba ended up making fans of the very sort of folks that they were mocking in their one-hit-wonder single “Tubthumping” (you know: “I get knocked down, but I get up again…” The album was pretty good, but of course, at least in this country, you never heard anything but the infectuous single. So, here’s my favorite track from the album: Chumbawamba – “Amnesia.”

Finally, a track from the brilliant soundtrack of Run Lola Run (aka Lola Rennt), which I only just recently got to see (missed it when it first came out in 99). Franka Potente and Thomas D – “Wish (Komm Zu Mir)” Vocals are by the star of the film, Franka Potente. The entire soundtrack is brilliant German techno, and is well worth getting.

There ya go. Hope you like ’em.

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